LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to a play during his final round Gentlemen's match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2011 Finals: Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal In Four Sets

Novak Djokovic has his first Wimbledon championship and his second Slam win of the season, downing soon-to-be-dethroned World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets at the All England Club.

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Wimbledon 2011 Men's Final: Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal In Four Sets

No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) def. No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain), 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3. Novak Djokovic will hold the World No. 1 ATP ranking Monday morning, and he'll have his name engraved on a certain silver gilt cup to go with it: The freewheeling Serb has struck down the unsinkable Rafael Nadal, whom he's already beaten a handful of times this season on the Spaniard's native clay, to claim the 2011 Wimbledon gentlemen's singles tennis title. 

The fourth set, indeed, told the story of the match, returning to the back-and-forth my-service-game-for-yours play of the first, with one crucial difference: Nadal's killer mistakes came early. He broke his own serve on delirious-seeming errors to give Djokovic a 2-0 lead, broke Djokovic right back, but completely lost power in the eighth game to drop 5-3 behind the man about to overtake him in the standings no matter what he did. A beautiful over-the-shoulder backhand was the highlight of the ninth game, which culiminated in -- what else? -- a wide hit by Rafa that sent Djokovic sprawling to the grass of Centre Court in disbelief. 

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Wimbledon Men's Finals: Rafael Nadal Returns To Form, Takes Uncontested Third Set From Novak Djokovic

Match updates from Day 13 of the Championships, the men's final of Wimbledon 2011, where World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is out to prove he deserves the World No. 1 ranking he'll have on Monday. 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) leads No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain), 6-4 6-1 1-6. It would appear the fourth set will tell the real story of this match, as Rafa has apparently noticed he's in the Wimbledon finals and adjusted his play accordingly (the announcers remind us how fond Nadal is of the second week at Wimbledon, saying the courts play like clay). An embarrassing miss on a tweener shot is Rafa's only real boneheaded move, in the fourth game. Djokovic commits his first double fault of the match; Nadal pulls off a double break to take a 5-1 lead, and that'll about do it for the Serb this set. 

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Rafael Nadal Falls Two Sets Behind Novak Djokovic In Wimbledon Finals

Match updates from Day 13 of the Championships, the men's final of Wimbledon 2011, where World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is out to prove he deserves the World No. 1 ranking he'll have on Monday. 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) leads No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain), 6-4 6-1. There was a point, very early on in the first set of today's match, where it looked like Djokovic just knew, in his heart of hearts, that Nadal had the upper hand and always would. He was gleaning points where he could from Nadal's unforced errors, but played a little too much defense in today's initial games. 

That is no longer the case. Djokovic wins his first service game to take a 1-0 lead in the second set, then breaks Nadal's serve with a sly return of a drop shot that's ... vintage Nadal. The Spaniard goes on to take one game, but the Serb already has a 3-0 lead, and sails to a 6-1 victory. 

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Novak Djokovic Edges Rafael Nadal In First Set Of Wimbledon Finals

Match updates from Day 13 of the Championships, the men's final of Wimbledon 2011, where World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is out to prove he deserves the World No. 1 ranking he'll have on Monday. 

Novak Djokovic leads Rafael Nadal, 6-4. This is not to take away from the fact that the Serb has beaten both Rafa and Roger this season when nobody else could, and done so on the great rivals' best surfaces, but: The Swiss is on a wane. The Spaniard is injured. If there were ever a time for a third man to sidle in and take the grass court title, it's now. 

No matter the outcome of today's match, Djokovic and Nadal's rankings will reverse Monday morning, and from what we've seen so far, they might as well be tied atop the ATP standings, perhaps with a little asterisk in the shape of a shrugging chair umpire. They're playing like they're chopping trees, and whoever makes the first mistake too many in his own service game will drop the set.

As it happens, it's Nadal, who commits seven unforced errors in the first set, the last with Djokovic up 40-30 at 5-4. 

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